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The National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives platform extends the National Academies’ convening and advising functions by providing a venue for leading health, medical, science, and policy experts to reflect on issues and opportunities important to the advancement of health, health care, and biomedical science. Perspectives are individually-authored papers that do not reflect consensus positions of the NAM, the National Academies, or the authors’ organizations. They are not reports of the National Academies.
Perspectives come in two forms: commentaries, or brief, op-ed-style opinion pieces; and discussion papers, lengthier peer-reviewed articles that present research, summarize literature, report on field activities, or consider approaches to progress. Authors are not paid, and submissions must be invited by the NAM.
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New Summary Measures of Population Health and Well-being for Implementation by Health Plans and Accountable Care Organizations
Health plans and accountable care organizations measure many indicators of patient health, with standard metrics that track factors such as patient experience and cost. They lack, however, a summary measure of the third leg of the Triple Aim, population health ...
Authors: Thomas E. Kottke, Jason M. Gallagher, Sachin Rauri, Juliana O. Tillema, Nicolaas P. Pronk and Susan M. Knudson
July 07, 2016
Now in its third year of data disclosure, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act has helped demystify financial connections between two critically linked health sector stakeholders: health care providers and pharmaceutical companies. This week, the 2015 figures w ...
Authors: Murray Stewart
July 01, 2016
The foundational importance of social, environmental, and economic factors as determinants of health has long been recognized. Until recently, this recognition had resulted in few sustained, organized efforts to positively influence these determinants to foste ...
Authors: Denise Koo, Patrick W. O’Carroll, Andrea Harris, and Karen B. DeSalvo
June 30, 2016
In this paper we discuss the importance of the efforts of community health representatives to improve general health on the Navajo reservation and describe the need for new efforts focused on preparing CHRs to act as catalysts for helping improve the oral heal ...
Authors: Steven P. Geiermann, Mae-Gilene Begay, Lindsey Robinson, and Sharon Clough
June 23, 2016
It has been 40 years since Levy and colleagues published their landmark study demonstrating a direct link between antibiotic use on farms and the spread of antibiotic resistance to human populations. Thus, we have known definitively for more than 40 years that ...
June 22, 2016
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